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June 18 coronavirus news

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What you need to know

  • More than 8.4 million cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 451,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • Countries including China and Germany have renewed lockdown measures in some areas following the emergence of new clusters of cases.
  • In the US, Florida, Texas and Arizona saw their highest single-day increases in new Covid-19 cases. New projections say Florida has “all the markings of the next large epicenter.”
  • Our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic has ended for the evening. Follow updates here.
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows people how to adapt your office routine to the realities of the pandemic

Dr. Sanjay Gupta returned to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters to show people how to safely navigate the office during the pandemic.

Office workers can expect to see a lot more hand sanitizing stations and should try and take the stairs more often, Gupta said during CNN’s global coronavirus town hall Thursday evening.

“It is probably always a better idea to take the stairs but if you have to take an elevator keep in mind this is one of the higher risk situations. Obviously a small space indoors. Try to find an elevator that is not that crowded. Everyone should face the same direction to reduce the spread of the virus. Use something like a pen to push the button. It goes without saying, think about every surface you touch. Think about this constantly,” Gupta said.

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Access to Covid-19 testing is part of why Black Americans face higher infection rates, expert says

Dr. Ala Stanford administers a COVID-19 swab test on a person in the parking lot of Pinn Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 22.

One of the reasons why Covid-19 is disproportionately infecting Black Americans is because of testing limitations, Dr. Ala Stanford, the founder of the Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium, told CNN Thursday evening during its global coronavirus town hall.

“It has to do with access, particularly when African-Americans were being turned away from testing, at work even,” Stanford said.

What the data shows: As of May 11, 17,155 Black Americans are known to have died due to Covid-19, according to an analysis from the American Public Media (APM) Research Lab.

That’s out of nearly 65,000 deaths for which race and ethnicity data was available. More than 80,000 people total had lost their lives to the coronavirus at the time of the analysis.

APM compiled its data from the 39 states and the District of Columbia that are reporting the race and ethnicity of residents who have died of Covid-19.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Trump's rally in Tulsa: "It makes no sense"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he would not permit a large political rally in his state like the one planned by President Trump’s campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Saturday.

“No, no,” said Cuomo when asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if he’d permit such event an event in New York, which could draw up to 19,000 people to an indoor arena without requiring masks. “That’s not only going to hurt the economy, it’s also going to cause more Americans to die.”

Cuomo went on to say Trump was disregarding the science and sending the wrong signal to the nation. 

“The President… knowing that the models now say another 30,000 people die by October, still insists that we shouldn’t be careful, that we shouldn’t follow the science: don’t worry about the public health, have a political arena,” the governor said.

“It makes no sense and it’s the exact wrong signal, he added.

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National Women's Soccer League player tests positive for Covid-19

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced Thursday that a player from one of its teams has tested positive for Covid-19. 

“The health and safety of the players and staff is of utmost importance and the NWSL is doing everything to ensure the affected player is receiving proper care,” the league said in a statement.

“The affected club is performing all appropriate contact tracing and increased testing of potentially exposed individuals. Thus far all resulting tests have been negative,” the statement added.

The statement also said there are no planned changes to the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup schedule.

The 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup will mark the return to action for all nine teams. The 25-game tournament will kick off on June 27 at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah, and will be held without spectators.

California reports single-day high in Covid-19 cases 

California recorded 4,084 new coronavirus cases today, an all-time high on the same day Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide mask order. 

This daily record-high surpasses the previous 3,705 cases recorded on May 30, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.

The high number of cases is attributed to an increase in testing capacity and delayed testing results coming in from an earlier period, state health officials said in a statement.

“As testing capacity continues to increase across the state, an increase in the number of positive cases has been expected,” state health officials said.

By the numbers: Thursday’s count brings the total number of cases in California to 161,099. 

There have been 5,290 Covid-19 deaths in California since the start of the pandemic, according to state data.

New York governor on quarantine for travelers from other states: "It is doable"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is considering a mandatory 14-day quarantine for people coming to New York from states with high infection rates saying, “it is doable.”

“New York is in better shape than their state, and we’re seeing people who want to come to New York and I understand that. But we worked very hard to get the infection rate down. I don’t want to see it going back up,” he told CNN during a coronavirus town hall on Thursday.

He pointed out that at the beginning of the pandemic other states implemented quarantines for travelers coming from New York.

“The tables have turned,” he said.

Earlier today, Cuomo said that while he hasn’t made a decision yet, he has “had experts advise me of that. It is a real concern, you’re right it could happen and it’s something I’m considering.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York state has a coronavirus infection rate below 1%

Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the effort across New York to bring its coronavirus infection rate to below 1%.

“We have less than a 1% infection rate. We did 60,000 tests yesterday, less than 1% infection rate,” Cuomo said during CNN’s global coronavirus town hall Thursday evening.

Cuomo said he fears that rate could increase as “people who get on airplanes and they come to New York, and they could bring the infection with them.”

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People are lining up in Tulsa for the Trump rally while coronavirus cases in county climb

People are already lining up outside of the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa about 48 hours before a President Trump’s campaign rally.

CNN reports that about 20,000 people are expected to attend the event in the convention center on Saturday, and another 40,000 people to be in the overflow section outside the venue — giving the rally the potential to be the largest gathering in the country since the start of the pandemic.

CNN Political Correspondent Abby Phillip reported that local officials are saying up to 100,000 people could be coming to the city for the rally, but also for other counter-events happening a few blocks away.

The Trump campaign has said they will be giving out hand sanitizer and masks, but they won’t be required.

Some context: As of this morning, Tulsa County currently has the most cases – 1,825 total – of any county in the state, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

New cases in Tulsa County have also been climbing, and the county is now seeing its highest seven-day average for new cases at 73.9, according to the Tulsa Health Department.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta says masks are crucial because asymptomatic people can spread Covid-19

Dr. Sanjay Gupta implored people to continue wearing masks because Covid-19 can be spread by asymptomatic people “even if they’re not showing symptoms.”

The virus is “still very contagious,” Gupta said Thursday evening during CNN’s global coronavirus town hall.

“People can spread the virus, even if they’re not showing symptoms. So that’s why masks are so important. They can decrease transmission six-fold. Being outside can decrease transmission 18-fold. So being outside with a mask on is safer than being inside without a mask,” Gupta said.

To put the number of deaths in perspective, Gupta said “essentially two jumbo jets of people every 24 hours” die from the virus.

Some context on infections: Just as much of the US was improving, 10 states are seeing their highest seven-day average of new coronavirus cases per day since the pandemic started months ago, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

The data includes new cases reported by Johns Hopkins through Tuesday. The states seeing record-high averages are Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas.

Texas also reported a record-high number of daily Covid-19 hospitalizations on Monday, with 2,326.

Los Angeles County, which accounts for almost half of California’s cases, on Wednesday reported another single-day high of new cases, though officials said the spike was due to lagging test reports.

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CDC forecast projects 135,461 US coronavirus deaths by July 11

An ensemble forecast published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now projects 135,461 coronavirus deaths in the United States by July 11, with deaths increasing in nine states. 

This week’s national forecast relies on 21 individual forecasts from outside institutions and researchers. The new projections, published Thursday, forecast a possible range of 129,000 to 145,000 deaths.

“The state-level ensemble forecasts suggest that the number of new deaths over the next four weeks in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, and Utah will likely exceed the number reported over the last four weeks,” the CDC said on its forecasting website.   

“For other states, the number of new deaths is expected to be similar or decrease slightly compared to the previous four weeks,” the CDC added.

Some context: Unlike some individual models, the CDC’s ensemble forecast only offers projections for the next month.

The previous ensemble forecast, published last Friday, predicted 130,000 deaths from coronavirus in the US by July 4. So far, according to Johns Hopkins University, more than 118,000 people have died in the US.

NFL Players Association says Fauci's comments on upcoming season "carry important weight"

The National Football League Players Association has responded to comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci who told CNN that unless players are in isolated a bubble, “it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall.”

NFL Players Association (NFLPA) medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, said the comments from the nation’s top infectious disease doctor “carry important weight as he has served our country with expert guidance and moral clarity through many crises,” according to a statement from the NFLPA.

“As we have communicated to our players throughout the spring, we know that there are significant challenges to the operation of football during a global pandemic,” the statement said. “So far, we have been guided and made decisions based on the best available science and current state of infections and hospitalizations. Our joint task force is comprised of experts in multiple areas who are working everyday (sic) with health and safety in mind.”

Mayer said the NFLPA “will continue to update you as we move forward through the summer.”

More than 118,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

A free public Covid-19 testing site opens at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 17.

There are now at least 2,185,873 cases of coronavirus in the US, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Approximately 118,334 people have died from the virus.

So far on Thursday, Johns Hopkins reported 22,583 new cases and 617 additional deaths.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

Athlete at Michigan State tests positive for Covid-19

Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Michigan State’s athletics department said in a statement that an athlete has tested positive for Covid-19 after the school tested 124 student-athletes on Monday. The statement does not specify which sport the athlete is a part of.

Additionally, a student-athlete did not report to campus after testing positive for the virus at home last week.

The statement said the student will be isolated for 10 to 14 days.

“During this time, daily check-ins with athletic training staff will be conducted, with additional services provided as directed by the medical and administrative staffs. Further testing and physician follow-up will be required prior to returning to any level of workouts,” the statement said.

Michigan State Athletics also said players who tested negative will be tested again on June 22 and “a second negative test result is required before being cleared to take part in voluntary workouts.” 

Virus spread among San Francisco's low-income Hispanic population despite lockdown, study finds

When San Francisco implemented its shelter-in place order in mid-March, coronavirus continued to spread through the city’s Hispanic population in parts of the densely populated Mission District, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco reported Thursday.

For the first six weeks the ordinance was in place, the virus continued to spread among the low-income Latino population in a crowded 16-block area of the district, they found.

The team at UCSF worked with the San Francisco Department of Health, the state of California and community organizers on an initiative offering free Covid-19 tests, both nasal swab tests to diagnose active infections and antibody tests to find past infections. They reached almost 4,000 people in the area between April 25-28.

The results: They found that 2% of those given a PCR test – the most accurate type of diagnostic test – were infected with Covid-19 at the time of the test.

Among those who tested positive, infection rates were almost 20 times higher for Hispanic residents than non-Hispanics and 3.5 times higher among immigrant workers than for residents in the district.

Antibody tests indicated 6% of residents had contracted the virus at some point since the beginning of the pandemic, the researchers said in their pre-print report, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.

After comparing the tests, researchers reported, “the vast majority (96%) of new infections were occurring in the Latinx community, whereas those infected earlier in the pandemic were somewhat more representative of the neighborhood as a whole (67% Latinx, 16% white and 17% other).” 

Many of those infected could not work from home and could not miss work. Other risk factors for those contracting the virus later, in late April, for example, included frontline service work, unemployment and a household income of less than $50,000 a year.

Hospital system in Miami reports a 46% increase in Covid-19 patients

People register to be tested for Covid-19 at the West Perrine Health Center on Thursday, May 28, in Miami.

Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, has seen a 46% increase in Covid-19 patients in the past 10 days, according to a hospital spokesperson.

On June 8, Jackson Health reported 104 Covid-19 patients. Today, they have 152. 

Jackson Health has discharged a total of 683 Covid-19 patients since the pandemic began. Jackson Health System is a non-profit academic medical system.

Miami mayor says he's "extremely concerned" about increase in Covid-19 cases

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told CNN that the city is “extremely concerned” about the increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

“Obviously in the city of Miami we’re extremely concerned about what we’re seeing,” the mayor said Thursday evening. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep Miami from becoming an epicenter.”

Suarez said that in the last eight days, Florida has reached record case numbers, with 3,200 people who reported positive Wednesday.

The mayor noted that number is nearly three times the 1,300 case threshold that caused the state to shut down months ago.

On Monday: Suarez announced that the city would not go into phase three of reopening because it had not met criteria to do so, including a decreased in cases and hospitalizations.

The city will be stepping up enforcement of protective measures for businesses to try to slow the spread, Suarez said.

He said that stricter measures could be brought back if the virus is out of control.

“Everything has to be on the table,” if hospitalizations increase further, Suarez said. 

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Brazil nears 1 million coronavirus cases

Brazil is nearing 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases after another daily spike Thursday.

The country’s health ministry reported another 22,765 new cases Thursday, bringing its total number of cases to 978,142.

The ministry also confirmed 1,238 new deaths from the virus on Thursday, bringing the country’s total to 47,748.

Bangladesh tops 100,000 coronavirus cases

An employee of the Mugda Medical College and Hospital sprays disinfectant on gloves after a nasal swab Covid-19 test was administered in Dhaka on June 17.

Bangladesh on Thursday registered 3,803 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 102,292, according to the country’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

It recorded an additional 38 fatalities related to Covid-19, raising the death toll to 1,343.

The densely populated South Asian country has recently seen a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, with at least 3,000 cases registered daily for the last five days, according to the DGHS data.

Dhaka district, which includes the capital, is the worst affected with more than 26,000 cases.

Atlanta United player tests positive for Covid-19

MLS club Atlanta United has announced that a player has tested positive for Covid-19.

The positive result was confirmed Thursday following mandatory club testing.

According to a statement, Atlanta United medical staff have continued to work directly with local infectious disease specialists to treat the player, who was asymptomatic and has been observing isolation protocols since receiving the result.

The team will conduct testing Friday morning prior to resuming training in adherence with MLS health and safety protocols.

Louisiana added 4,200 new Covid-19 cases in 7 days, governor says

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards answers questions during a news conference on Monday, June8, in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a news conference on Thursday the state added 4,200 Covid-19 cases in seven days. 

“Since June 10, we’ve added more than 4,200 new Covid-19 cases across the state, that is in seven days,” he said. “Most of these new cases did not come from nursing homes or other congregate settings. And what that means is they were the result of community spread.”

The governor said he wanted to share this information as there is a lot of talk in the state and nationally about a second wave in the fall. 

“Today, we didn’t know we’re still very much in the first wave. Coronavirus hasn’t left. It is still very much here with us, and it is present in every community across the state of Louisiana,” he said. 

Asked if he thought about making masks mandatory as some other states have, Edwards said, “I am not going to tell you that we haven’t thought about it. But at the end of the day, those states that went there quickly reversed course. It is just not something that you can enforce. And I think you end up doing more harm than good by trying to make it mandatory.”

“We’re just going to continue to appeal to people, and hopefully, they will understand. Nobody wants to go backward and start imposing more restrictions, and we shouldn’t need to do that,” he added.

Here are the numbers: There are at least 48,634 cases of Covid-19 in the state, and at least 2,950 people have died. 

Trump acknowledges some people may catch Covid-19 at Tulsa rally

In this November 14, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump pauses speaking at a rally in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Days before hosting a massive rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Trump said in a Wall Street Journal interview that some people at the rally this Saturday may catch coronavirus, but added “it’s a very small percentage.”

The President’s words come as Oklahoma is seeing a steady increase in its average of new confirmed cases per day.

According to a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, Oklahoma averaged about 203 new cases per day over the week ending June 17, which is up approximately 110% from the previous seven-day period.

As of Thursday morning, Tulsa County currently has the most cases — 1,825 total — of any county in the state, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. New cases in Tulsa County have also been climbing, and the county is now seeing its highest seven-day average for new cases at 73.9, according to the Tulsa Health Department.

Trump also claimed, according to the Journal, that some Americans wore face masks as a political statement against him and not as a preventative measure.

However, guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes it clear that Americans should wear a mask. 

Rally attendees will not be required to maintain social distance or wear masks, despite the Trump administration’s top public health officials stressing the importance of both measures in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted on Monday that the campaign plans to check the temperature of everyone who enters the venue. They will also be providing hand sanitizer, and each attendee will receive a mask provided by the campaign, although they will not be required to wear it. 

Local and campaign officials tell CNN that more than a million people have RSVP’d to the rally. A local official involved in planning said they expected 100,000 to show up at the Bank of Oklahoma Arena on Saturday. The venue can hold just under 20,000.

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